The first step in setting up the LCOS network for your layout is to initialize the MASTER and the radio network. Primarily this requires choosing a channel for your network.
On the Main Window, click to invoke the Network Settings tool.
A MASTER node is initially set to the configuration channel, 75, with its node ID locked to 00.
Choosing a Channel
LCOS LCNs communicate by radio over the 2.4 GHz band. This band is used by a wide variety of common commercial devices requiring short range communications, like wireless phones. It is also used in security systems and other non-commercial uses. Valid channels are 0 to 125.
The first thing you should do is click to determine how much activity there is in your local area. The Configurator will be unresponsive while the scan is in progress, but will display information in the Message Window.
One challenge is that 2.4 GHz band traffic tends to happen in bursts with silence in between. Traffic also varies by time of day, which makes sense as far as consumer product usage is concerned. So, It is a good idea to run several scans.
In our area, we’ve never observed random traffic on a channel higher than 84, so I consider any channel higher fair game. It isn’t absolutely necessary that a channel be totally unused, but you want to avoid any channel that shows heavy, repeated usage. We use channel 101.
Update the Master
Click in the channel field and enter the channel you’ve chosen.
Click to update the MASTER configuration. A confirmation message will appear in the Message Window:
The MASTER will automatically reboot and load the new configuration.